A National Youth Service Corps member has sadly passed away after he slumped during the penalty shootout stage of the Nigeria and South Africa semi-final match.
It was gathered that the corper simply known as Samuel, watching the match on Wednesday evening when he suddenly collapsed before the last kick that ensured Nigeria’s progress to the final of the African Cup of Nations.
The deceased is a native of Kaduna State, who was doing his mandatory one-year national youth service in Adamawa state.
An eyewitness broke the news through social media, saying; “We lost one Nigerian during our victory celebration over South Africa today at our sports viewing center here in Numan.
“The corps member who is serving in Numan from Kaduna fainted before the kick of the winning goal. He died before they could reach the hospital. May his soul rest in peace.”
The NYSC Coordinator in Adamawa State, Jingi Dennis confirmed the unfortunate incident on Thursday morning and noted that he was declared dead by a doctor at the Numan General hospital.
“I received the news of his death last night. I hope to have more details today. According to his colleagues who went with him to watch the match, the late corps member told them that he didn’t like watching penalty shootout.
He then bowed his head and all of a sudden, he collapsed. He was confirmed dead at the General Hospital in Numan by the doctor,” the coordinator said.